Can I claim compensation for my factory accident?
If you work in a factory, your employer has a duty to make sure you're working in a safe environment, and you're entitled to the same protection as any other employee.
This means you should be provided with the training you need to do your job safely. It also means your employer has to make sure the equipment you're working with is safe for you to use.
If you believe your employer has failed to look after your safety, and you've had a factory accident as a result, you might be able to claim factory accident compensation.
We have 22 years' experience working with personal injury claims, so we're best placed to help you understand the claims process and start your claim today.
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It's your employer's duty to reduce the risk of factory accidents
Your employer is required to make sure your working environment is safe.
- Your employer should ensure that the factory floor is clear of slippery substances like grease, which can cause slipping accidents
- Floors must also be kept clear of obstructions, and tripping hazards, like discarded plastic wrapping and trailing cables
- Moving parts of machinery have to be safely guarded. You should also be provided with the correct training to use the machinery relevant to your job
- When there is a risk of foot injuries, or injuries to the hands during the working process, you should be provided with the right kinds of clothes, such as safety shoes and suitable gloves
- If there is a danger of hot or toxic materials or liquids being scattered or splashed, you should be given protective overalls and shown how and when you need to wear them
If an employer fails in their duty of care to their factory workers, this can result in a range of work injuries, including industrial deafness, burns as a result of chemical spills, njuries as a result of falling from height, or forklift truck accidents.
What is duty of care?
Duty of care refers to the responsibility your employer has by law to try and keep your working environment as safe as possible.
This means they must ensure the risks to you, regardless of your job, are minimised.
Your employer has failed to meet their duty of care to you if:
- They have failed to provide you with the correct training for your role; this includes any training to use specific machinery
- They have not checked the functionality of machinery to ensure its safety
- They have not provided the correct safety equipment, such as steel toe-capped boots, high visibility jackets or safety goggles
- They have failed to keep the floor safe from hazards
Your employer may have failed their duty of care in a different way to those listed above, causing you to be injured.
If your experience isn't listed above, it's likely we can still help. To be sure if you have a compensation claim call us for free on today.
Factory risk assessments
To reduce the risk of accidents, factory employers are required to carry out extensive risk assessments.
A risk assessment involves thinking about the potential risks in a workplace that could cause harm to employees and then taking reasonable steps to prevent accidents from happening.
These findings need then to be recorded and revisited periodically to ensure practises are still in place to reduce the risk of factory accidents.
New factory employees should receive induction training into the safety procedures, and the employers should ensure that safety rules are complied with at all times.
If your employer has not carried out any of the necessary risk assessments and training procedures, and you've been injured as a result, you might be able to make a factory accident compensation claim.
Why make a factory accident claim with us?
You shouldn't be afraid of claiming compensation following a factory accident, particularly if your employer has failed in their duty of care towards you, and you've suffered an injury as a result.
Your employer is legally obliged to take out employer liability insurance that will be responsible for paying your compensation, so the company won't put into financial difficulty as a result.
By starting your factory accident claim with us, we'll be able to put you in contact with a specialist solicitor, who will have experience working with claims like yours.
All of our solicitor firms can handle your claim on a no win no fee basis.
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You can also read more about making a compensation claim against your employer here.
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